Find Out More About “Official” Maldives Tourism Information Right Here...
It’s always a good idea to find out what happens “officially” within a country and one way of sourcing information is from the Maldives tourist board, known as the MTPB.
If you happen to find yourself in Malé, then you can saunter over to the 4th floor of the Bank of Maldives building and acquaint yourself with maps and other printed material… But if that seems like a bit of a task then your in luck as you can there is an MTPB airport information desk found at… You guessed it Malé International Airport so you can pick up maps and leaflets when you arrive. Hurrah!
Other than that Maldives tourist information can be found in two ways.The first way involves you scouring the internet to glean information from various travel sites and the second involves you actually travelling to the Maldives, passing through customs and then heading to the Maldives information desk found at the airport… OK maybe there’s a third way… reading our pages about Maldives tourist information covering everything from
mobile communication to the Maldive Tourism Promotion Board
So here is what we call your quick win page. You’ll find out all the bits and bobs (sorry Bob!) you’ll need to make sure your holiday is effortless as a tourist in the Maldives.
The Maldives doesn’t have a plethora of foreign embassies so if you find yourself in a bit of a scrape it’s more than likely that you’ll find your country’s embassy in Sri Lanka; Colombo to be exact and they usually have jurisdiction over the Maldives.
Whoa..! There shouldn’t be any reason to get into any scrapes - unless you snorkel too close to coral and graze yourself – or perhaps that’s just Charley (sorry Charley!)
If you follow some of the well known and established guidelines/laws found in most Maldives information resources, then there shouldn’t be any reason for you to ever need your country's embassy… speaking of guidelines… what are they?
No alcohol can be brought into the country – it’ll be confiscated from you at customs and returned to you when you leave.
No pork products of any kind can be brought into the country.
And whilst we've seen people wear small items of religious jewellery, the Maldives is an Islamic country and expects visitors to have due regard for that.
… See, painless really.
Maldives Tourism… Tipping and Sunbathing
According to most of the Maldives tourist information sites and brochures we've come across, we've read that officially tipping is not encouraged. Phil and I aren’t quite sure what is meant by “officially” since the tour reps and the resorts themselves give out information about “recommended” tipping amounts!
We’re not going to proselytise here, tipping is a personal thing. All we will say is that we know resort staff aren’t paid western wages… typically waiters and housekeepers earn around $150 US dollars a month. We’ve always had such good service from the staff that we’ve always tipped our housekeepers and waiting staff, but again, this is our personal choice at an amount that we’ve chosen.
You’ll notice that there’s a 10% service charge added to everything and we’ve found out that this is shared amongst all the staff that you don’t see… so when you have that fabulous meal in your Maldives restaurant and want to thank the Chef, by the 10% service charge added, you will have!
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